What is a Loofah Here are Fun Things about this Bathroom Essential article image by Organic Cosmetics Online

What Is A Loofah? Here Are Fun Things About This Bathroom Essential

A loofah sponge is an essential bathing accessory. The bathing experience is not complete without exfoliating dead skin cells to make the skin clean, smooth, and glowing, too! A loofah sponge is a must if you want to experience a refreshing and healthy clean feeling after showers.

But what is a loofah exactly? Let’s get to know more about the loofah sponge with these good-to-know facts!

  • There are two general types of loofah

The first type is loofah made from ridge-gourd. It comes from a type of gourd that share some genetic characteristics with the cucumber. When the fruit of the plant is intentionally ripened and harvested beyond its maturity, the flesh is then used as a scrubbing or cleaning tool instead.

The second type of sponge is made from artificially net material that is bunched together to form its loofah sponge shape.

What do loofahs do?

In essence, a natural loofah or a loofah sponge is used for its exfoliating and cleansing abilities. The scrubbing action of the loofah against the skin creates friction resulting in the effective removal of dead skin cells.

A loofah is typically used in tandem with soap for a cleaner bathting result.

Natural Loofah Benefits

A large majority of loofah lovers opt to use natural loofah due to their positive wellness benefits. Natural loofah benefits include gentle exfoliation, improved circulation, and a detoxifier. Although natural loofah fibers are strong, they are extremely gentle on the skin.

How to use a loofah?

It’s relatively easy and straightforward to use a loofah, here are simple step-by-step directions on how to use the loofah for first timers!

  • Before using it on your skin, make sure to soak the loofah in running water. Ideally, warm water should be used to prime the loofah before bathing to make it softer and spongier. This is especially important for people who have sensitive skin.
  • For best results, move the loofah in a circular motion to initiate circulation. In addition, the circular motion also helps in speeding up the removal of dead skin cells.

Skin Care Secrets

This is a collection of little secrets to help you protect your skin. Keep in mind, written mainly for people with acne, but there are many tips that absolutely apply to other skin conditions like wrinkles, puffiness, discoloration and much more. These suggestions can truly transform your skin into the soft, smooth, clear complexion you’ve always wanted…. Pass it on…

Distilled is the purest water available, and if you use a good water filter this is also very helpful. Drinking water throughout the day will keep your body effectively flushing toxins through your kidneys instead of your skin. Remember, your body is around 70% water and if your cells get dehydrated, they will not be able to function well. You must have an abundance of water to perform every task the body requires which of course includes repairing damaged cells which will help your skin heal and keep it healthy.

This is the hardest thing in the world to do if you\’re broken out. But, if you\’re skin is very dry then your body will over-produce oils to replenish your overly-dried skin thereby causing acne. This becomes a vicious cycle whereby you have to wash your face to keep it clean, but washing too much can actually cause you to break out! It is very important to promote the natural balance of your skin by not washing more than twice a day and also using moisturizers and toners that don’t clog pores.

If you have any scars or red marks, break off a small piece, break open the leaf and apply it everyday. When done shaving, rub the gel on your neck and tender spots or cuts and same goes for your legs. Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years and has been called a miracle plant for its healing properties. Watch razor burn diminish and cuts heal quickly.

Make sure you are getting all the nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy. It is vitally important you are eating and drinking natural & organic nutrients all day long. An obvious one is Vitamin E- a great source for this is Unrefined Wheat Germ Oil (about 220% RDA of Vitamin E per serving) which you can get at any health food store.

Once in a while, instead of using soap, moisturizer and/or toner, mix about 2-3 cups of distilled water with a 1/2 cup of raw, organic, unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. You can buy this at any health store and it is very cheap. Apple Cider Vinegar is extremely anti-bacterial, alkalizing and soothing to the skin. You could also use a mask If you use clays, make sure they are pure and mix them with Apple Cider Vinegar instead of water. This is a very deep cleanse and nourishing to the skin. Also, consider taking saunas, steam baths, or at home- very hot baths you will sweat out a lot of toxins and feel great. Afterward, cool off with a shower, and splash on some watered down Apple Cider Vinegar.

Use a small, soft loofah sponge to exfoliate all the dead skin cells and dirt which clog pores. Washing with just your hands may not be enough, because you will not scrub away some of the dirt and dead skin cells that can clog your pores. Scrub very softly with warm water and your face soap. Look for a facial scrub for help.

It is also vitally important that you clean yourself out so all of the toxins stuck in your body go out through your colon instead of your skin. Eat a lot more fibre as this will keep your colon clean and greatly increase your body’s ability to eliminate toxins. You need to eat a lot more organic whole grains (wild rice, brown rice, millet, quinoa), organic fresh fruits (blueberries, dates, figs, etc.), organic fresh raw vegetables chewed well, beans (not re-fried or with lard), and organic nuts (raw, unsalted).

Use only organic and raw and put at least 3 cloves in a blender with juice and drink it down. It will make the drink a little spicy, that’s all. Garlic is the best, most effective broad spectrum anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal herb known. It kills all the bad guys without harming any of the good guys. In fact, in laboratory tests, it has been diluted to 1 part in125,000 and still killed bacteria. So, yes, it’s great if you get sick or have a virus of any kind. It’s great for your heart and blood- whole books have been written about it, but remember, it must be raw. Your skin will have a real tough time breaking out if you have some raw garlic in your system.

Filters will take out the chlorine, fluoride, copper, pathogens, viruses, dirt, and other horrible pollutants. Remember, you\’re trying to clean your skin and hair. The last thing you want to do is add in more toxins that will age your skin, dry your hair, and make you break out. Use warm water and only organic soap when washing your face and cool water to rinse off.

Some Researchers call acne Diabetes of the skin, meaning your body has great difficulty digesting sugar. Cut way down on sugar for a week or two and see if there’s any effect. This includes soft drinks and every other food that contains a high quantity of sugar. It may seem like a tuff task but I have done it with several clients and they have seen the benefits first hand and wouldn’t think of going back to the white toxin that sugar should really be thought of.

Toxins you consume everyday in the form of processed foods, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, cheese, chocolate, cream, eggs, fried foods, hydrogenated oils, margarine, fish, meat, poultry, and butter. A lot of these foods are laced with antibiotics, poisons, chemicals, insecticides, herbicides, toxins etc…. Eat with awareness and sensitivity so that you know what your body and skin react to the worst. Look for Certified Organic Foods.

There is a tremendous build up of dirt and oils from your hair and skin that ends up on your pillow and sheets. Anything that touches your face should be clean and fresh. Also do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets on anything that is going to touch your skin.

You will find acne developing wherever you scratch, rest your hands or play with your face. Watch carefully during the day.

Use skin-care products that don’t create free radicals and attack your body with more toxins. Use products that will nourish, protect, and clean your skin with nutrients without causing irritation, dryness, acne, or any of the other serious problems associated with almost all commercial skin-care products.

Your skin is the largest organ you have. The skin functions, breaths and circulates oxygen and other substances like the lungs do. This is why using organic products is so important. When you breath deep you help the skin do it’s work. Also breathing helps relax the body and requires little work on your part to give your body what it really needs to keep you healthy.